Very sharp and perfectly transparent, this sizable prism has a slightly smoked hue. We obtained a few of these in China almost 15 years ago, the exact location itself was not visited but the miners who sold these called it Cong Ly, they indicated it was not a true mine but a hillside. We have never seen any exactly like these since then. I would love to find this locality today! The bottom as seen has a break and contact where it was removed but the prism and termination are perfect undamaged by naked eye. Only with 20X magnification can I find a few micro bruises but no chips. A pretty Quartz that has both an alpine look and a Herkimer like habit.
A very fine small miniature with two super sharp gem Elbaites in an esthetic arrangement. From a recent find at Stak Nala, this pocket had an unusual zoning for this mine with a colorless area and a faint line of blue at the top that is captured in some of the photos. Depending on the lighting the colorless area can look slightly violet, the crystals grade to a dark green that is opaque near the bottom but translucent higher up. In fine condition the terminations are perfect even at 10x magnification. While similar to some older Stak Nala pieces this zoning is not like the more typical recent finds. Small but very choice!
A classic USA Beryl Var. Morganite with nice form and a peachy-pink color that contrasts well with the deep purple matrix. Small green Elbaite Tourmalines are scattered on the matrix giving extra color. The largest crystal is 3.8 CM across and quite lustrous. The backside is partly contacted and has adhering quartz, so the best display is as shown. Attractive, in good overall condition and from the renowned White Queen Mine, this was collected more than 20 years ago but likely is a lot older. A good value for one of these
Fluorapatite on Beryl V. Aquamarine
Alchuri, Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan
4 x 2.7 x 1.9 CM (miniature)
A fascinating miniature specimen, both unusual and pretty. A 3.2 CM tall well formed Apatite crystal is joined by two gem clear Aquamarine crystals. Both Aquas have some unknown inclusions of brown hairlike crystals and negative crystal forms inside. The Apatite has some inclusions too but less visible as it is milky and mostly opaque. A very nice arrangement and no matrix at all. The condition is very good overall, there are very small contacts on the Aquas and the bottoms of the crystals are incomplete, but the terminations are fine. A very nice association specimen.
A really nice combination specimen, with typical Xuebaoding matrix of Muscovite that hosts several yellow-orange Scheelite crystals and a single pink Fluorapatite. The apatite is well exposed and mostly transparent. The matrix was sawn on the back to remove it from the cleft. In good condition, there are very small chips on some Scheelites and the Apatite has a contact on the backside. Fine luster and better in person. Formerly in the Shields Flynn collection of Chinese minerals, vintage 2004 and obtained from Bert Ottens, this type of combo is no longer found. A modern classic.
Calcite with Aragonite- classic locale
Southwest Mine, Bisbee, Warren District, Mule Mts, Cochise Co.
8.8 x 4.9 x 4.8 CM (cabinet)
A choice Bisbee specimen with delicate needle crystals of acicular Aragonite perched on balls of Calcite. From the Southwest mine, this area intersected many voids formed by slumping of oxidized sulphide ore. These voids allowed many secondary Carbonate minerals to form in esthetic growths. As the mining entered these voids some fine specimens were saved. In perfect condition and with good luster.
Carrollite with Calcite
Kamoya, Kambove, Katanga Copper Crescent
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
4.7 x 3.1 x 3.2 CM (miniature)
Carrollite with very bright metallic luster on a nice miniature specimen. There have been no new finds of Carrollite for a few years now, but for a time the Kambove mine was a prolific source for the best specimens ever found. This bright miniature has sharp crystals to 1.3 CM size, there are some contacts and bruises seen on some angles but they are relatively small. More perfect, larger specimens are now trading for many thousands, this piece is a lot more modest but still has top luster and nice form. An affordable alternative that looks much better than the mine run.
An outstanding Ojuela Adamite, with sharp glassy undamaged crystals on contrasting matrix. This is not the crumbly type gossan but a solid specimen with the Adamites well protected in a vug. In person the color is a little deeper and more intense than in the photos. This quality has not been seen for a few years. Former Marty Zinn piece, choice.